Friday, January 29, 2021
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CSU MBB Recap: Rams Split Series With Boise State, Fall In Finale 85-77
CSU trailed by as many as 23 and got it down to six in the final minutes but no closer
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – In a battle featuring two of the top three teams in the Mountain West standings, Colorado State was unable to rally late against a pesky Boise State and fell to the visiting Broncos 85-77 Friday night. With the loss snapping CSU’s nine-game home win streak, the Rams fell to 12-4 and 9-3 in MW play, while the Broncos improved to 14-2 and 10-1 in the league.
After a back-and-forth first half that had the Rams leading 39-38 at the break, Boise State came out and scored the first seven points of the second half and never relinquished the lead. The margin grew to as many as 23 in the second half, but CSU battled back and cut it to six with two minutes to play at 77-71. However, the Rams could get no closer as the Broncos shot 58.3 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes.
Colorado State finished the game at 50.0 percent (29-of-58) from the field and 40.9 percent (9-of-22) from the three-point line. Boise State was 52.7 percent (29-of-55) from the floor, including 42.9 percent (9-of-21) beyond the arc. CSU had a slight lead on the board, 31-30, but was outscored on points in the paint, 36-28.
CSU was led by junior Adam Thistlewood, who tied a career high with 24 points, including a career-best five three-pointers. Sophomore Isaiah Stevens had 17 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, while sophomore David Roddy was the only other Ram in double figures with 16 points and eight boards. Boise State had four players in double figures, led by Marcus Shaver Jr. with 21.
STAT OF THE GAME
• The Rams’ turnovers hurt the offensive flow as CSU finished with 18 turnovers that Boise State turned into a 24-14 advantage in points off turnovers.
• The two teams split the series and have been in a battle in recent years, with Boise State holding a slight 15-12 lead in games played, with the having won eight of the last 10 meetings dating back to the 2016-17 season.
• CSU leader Niko Medved has an 2-4 record against Boise State as a head coach.
• The Rams are now 9-1 this season (7-1 MW) when leading at the break and 34-7 all-time (22-4 MW) under Medved.
• Thistlewood recorded his 12th and 13th blocked shots on the season, tying his total from his first two seasons at CSU combined.
• The Rams will head to Laramie for the annual Border War, playing the pair of games on Feb. 4 and 6.
• Thursday’s game will be at 7 p.m. on Mountain West Network, while Saturday will be a 4 p.m. tip on CBS Sports Network.
• The audio will be on the Colorado State Sports Radio Network (along with online at CSURams.com), with Brian Roth and Adam Nigon on the call. CSU Sports Network broadcasts can be also accessed on mobile devices through the TuneIn app (free on all Apple, Android, Windows, Blackberry and Amazon Kindle devices) – once downloaded, search “Colorado St. Rams Sports Network” in the app for the games and coaches’ show broadcasts.
• The game will also have live stats on CSURams.com.
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